Senior pets need special, more frequent care to help them enjoy their golden years while remaining mobile and lucid. With age, older pets’ immune systems tend to decline, making them more susceptible to diseases, particularly chronic diseases such as cancer or arthritis. Because of their heightened vulnerability to potential disease, senior pets should receive more frequent wellness exams. A healthy senior should have at least two wellness examinations a year. For seniors with chronic conditions or other potential health concerns, more frequent visits may be recommended.
In addition to the physical examination, the veterinarian will want to run several routine diagnostic tests to get a complete picture of your senior pet’s health.
Frequently, diagnostic tests recommended for senior pets include:
Some large or giant breed dogs are considered seniors as young as the age of 5. Smaller dogs and cats may be considered seniors around the age of 8. The general health of your pet over their lifetime may make them seem older or younger, and some breeds tend to age faster than others.
In addition to bringing your senior pet to the veterinarian more often, the following tips can help keep them happy, healthy, and comfortable:
If your senior pet exhibits any sudden changes in appearance or behavior, please call your veterinarian immediately.
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